This time of year, Les Snead will make his rounds to different college pro days to break down prospects and rearrange some draft boards. More often than not, visiting a pro day means there is some interest in a particular player or players at the given pro day. Some recent quotes from Les Snead about the USC quarterback made me scratch my head. According to Rob Rang at CBSsports, Snead was one of 3 general managers to attend the pro day workout of Matt Barkley and apparently liked what he saw by commenting "I was impressed by the number of passes (Barkley) threw today. Since he was injured to end his career, this was his recital. It was an overall good day for him."
It is interesting that Snead was only one of three GMs at his pro day and to speak so highly of him. Surely there must be a clever plan that the man with hair has in mind so let's explore the possibilities in his attendance at the pro day.
1) He could have been in attendance for Robert Woods and just happened to watch Matt Barkley throw to Woods in the process. Possibly the most likely scenario as the Rams still look to add weapons to the offense and don't look to add a potential starting quarterback.
2) He could be just doing his due diligence as a GM by evaluating players and examining how a prospect is who you might have to face during the season (Arizona sent a scout to watch Barkley). Another very likely scenario as many of the college prospects a GM watches do not actually end up being taken by that team.
3) He is watching Barkley throw and evaluating him to gauge if he can pull off a trade back with a team interested in his services. Now that is the Snead I had in mind talking up a player to raise interest in other teams so he can have trade partners.
4) Then there is the small possibility that he is grading out Barkley to see if he would want to select him within the first round (he would probably go late first early second now). I think highly unlikely with Bradford in the helm and has been stated as the direction of the team moving forward. Besides, Austin Davis is going to make a fine backup IMO and a draft pick is not necessary for a backup QB.
After giving you all the possibilities I came up with, what do you think Snead has in mind with Barkley? Do you think I left something out about what he wants to do? Let me know in the poll and comments below.